Make-up for work

I don’t know about you but I am terrible at getting up in the mornings. I mean TERRIBLE! I am most definitely a night owl. Those larks can bugger off in the early hours!

As it takes me three alarms to get up in the mornings I am often pressed for time when getting ready for work. I’m not one of these girls who can manage my make-up on the tube to work, I seriously admire all those that can! So for me I have to be ready as I run out the door and here is my look – it’s quick, simple and looks like I’ve spent at least 3x as long on it as I actually have.

So this is my general face attire for work:


And here are the products I use:


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – Beautiful foundation which lasts all day. I use this as an everyday foundation when I don’t want a glowy finish which I get from the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder – The BEST powder ever. Fact. Very battered and well loved.
Wake Me Up concealer – Super high coverage. Makes me look awake!
NARS Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat Blush duo – My favourite item of my make up collection by a mile. Adds a touch of colour and makes me look healthy and ready to face the day. The duo was a limited edition but you can buy both colours on their own.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – I use this everyday, without fail. Makes my eyeshadow stay put all day.
Mac eyeshadows in Patina, Mystery and Omega – Patina over the lid, Mystery along the lash line. Omega through the eyebrows.
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara – My favourite mascara ever. Ever. Makes your lashes look massive with one fell swoop.
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya – Moisturising, sheer and a beautiful colour, I love it.

What’s amazing is you can slap these products on in a flash, they’re easy to work with and are quite lenient if you aren’t quite awake when applying them!

What do you wear for work everyday? Are you as hopeless as I am at getting up in the morning?? Leave links and comments below!


Handbag essentials

So I don’t really live near my work. And I don’t really go out near where I live either. (I know, I need to move) This massive geographical error on my part means that when I go out after work, I have to go straight from work. I blame London, its just too big for getting around anywhere in a hurry! So yes I’ve hit pubs, bars and clubs straight from work on one or two Friday nights…
*cough* EVERY Friday night *cough*
Who said that?

Anyway, to help myself look and smell presentable after a long day at work I have a handy little bag of tricks in my handbag and I thought I’d share it with you:


The bag itself is from MUJI and has a handy metal bar running along side the zip which, when closed, forces the bag into a more compact shape – perfect for squeezing in my handbag!

Now to the contents of the bag:

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser – This stuff is brilliant and the thing I use the most frequently in the bag. After work in an air conditioned office, my skin can sometimes get quite dry; so this is perfect for giving my skin a little drink!

Dove Invisible Dry Roll-on Deodorant – pretty self explanatory; it makes me smell nice and the roll-on is great as it is small and helps the planet too!

Vaseline Cocoa Butter – I use this throughout the day as a lip balm to keep my lips kissably soft 😉

Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel – This is a really brilliant hand gel as it doesn’t dry my skin out like some others can do. I have eczema so I really want to not dry my skin out! This stuff is great.

Hask Argan Oil – I got this from Primark, for like a pound at the till. I was quite dubious at first but it makes my hair glossy and smooth, ready to hit the town.

Collection Blush and Highlight Duo – THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! I implore you to get something like this to have in your travel make up bag. The cream blush is brilliant, very pigmented and easy to apply with your fingertips. The colour lasts really well and the highlighter adds the perfect glowwy-ness for a night out. I love this stuff!

Maybelline Fit Me Powder – Once I’ve moisturised and blushed etc I powder my face to prevent unwanted shine and set and touch up my make up. This little compact also has a mirror in it. Win.

Loreal Superliner Perfect Slim – If I need to touch up my eyes I use this, its like a felt-tip pen so dead easy to apply. Winged out eyeliner in a matter of seconds? Done.

Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie – If I want a dramatic lip I always have this on standby, especially if I’m hitting a club and I feel a little under-dressed. Have a look at it on my face here.

Finally I have my Flo travel perfume dispenser thing. It’s full of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior which is just fabulous. The handy travel perfume is great for making me smell nice!


I also have other essentials like tissues, gum, tampons, pens, paper etc knocking around in my handbag but the above items are my make-up and beauty essentials!

What are your handbag essentials? Leave links and comments below as I love having a read and, frankly, a nosey!